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I have a dear, dear friend who is from Albania but now lives in Canada. Paula Huntley's description of Albanian culture matches exactly to how my friend has described Albania and the Albanian people. In my experience, Albanians are incredibly warm, extremely generous, and hold fiercely to their beliefs.
Reading about war-torn Kosovo has made me think a lot about my own life, and has helped me to see life through a more appreciative lens. Despite my problems (crazy kids, starting a new business, and piles of student loans to pay off), I know that I am immensely lucky. I am also reminded of a Babble post entitled "Be Thankful You Have First World Problems." The post is pretty tongue-in-cheek, but I think some of the entries are scarily true. (As a side note: I prefer the terms Developing and Developed to First and Third World.)
Has anyone read The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo? Do you have any other read book suggestions?